ISS1401 Sartar Rising Volume 1: Barbarian Adventures (2001)

Sartar Rising, Part 1

  • Barbarian Adventures by Greg Stafford and friends
  • Product Number ISS1401.
  • ISBN 1-929052-05-7.
  • $14.95
  • 72 pages, standard format. PDF
  • Cover art by Stefano Gaudiano (Note: some artwork is incorrectly attributed Copyright © 2001 Stefano Gaudiano where the correct information is Copyright © 2001 A Sharp, LLC.)
  • Issaries, Inc. 2001

Barbarian Adventures, the first scenario book for Hero Wars, details typical activities and unusual adventures for Heortling heroes. Seek the advice of the clan Lawspeaker, fight Chaos monstrosities, become embroiled in a blood feud because of a horse, and escort a group of friendly (perhaps more than friendly) healers around the countryside.
Barbarian Adventures is the first book of the Sartar Rising campaign. It provides the foundation upon which the later scenario books will be set. More information on the Sartar Rising campaign is available in Orlanth is Dead!, the second book of the series. Latest revision: 19 Sep 2007

Table of Contents

  • Barbarian Living (Introduction)
  • The Kingdom of Sartar: History, The Tribes of Sartar, Tribal Rings, Travel Customs Player
  • Resources: Common Resources, Special Resources, Clan and Tribal Councils
  • Narrator Resources: Neighbors, Imperial Enemies, Wanderers and Oddballs Clan
  • Activities: Seasonal Activities, Triggered Events, The Rebellion, Everyday Events
  • A Year of Chaos (adventure)
  • Blood Feud (adventure)
  • These Women Need Help (adventure)
  • Index
  • What Your Grandpa Told You

Corrections for Barbarian Adventures.

updated 19 February 2005

Many of the non-player heroes have no Hate Lunars ability, but their The Rebellion rating is equivalent, or at least could be used as such.

Page 1The “Commentary and additional material” section should add the following sentence to the end: “Some sections based on material by David Hall and Kevin Jacklin.”
Page 1Interior artwork and graphics are copyright © 2001 by A Sharp LLC, Issaries, Inc., and Multisim. No interior artwork is copyright © 2002 Stefano Gaudiano.
Page 1Playtester Brian Laxson’s name is misspelled Laxon, apologies to Brian for that.
Page 5: CinsinaFirst sentence should read, in part: “…their many wars against the…”.
Pages 7, 9: Enstalos, Kheldon, DundealosThe entries for these three tribes give conflicting information about the date of formation of the Enstalos Tribe. The Dundealos write-up states they formed after the dissolution of the Dundealos Tribe, in 1618, but the Enstalos and Kheldon write-ups both mention clans of the Kheldon being severed and joined to the Enstalos after Starbrow’s Rebellion, in 1613. We do not plan to resolve these dates, and narrators should use this apparent discrepency to drive the stories of their campaign. This could be an error, or the severed clans could have formed the core of the Enstalos Tribe (either in 1613 or 1618), whichever the narrator feels will work best with their game.
Page 12: Clan ChampionSeveral people have pointed out that the Clan Champion’s Close Combat rating of 10W3 is out of line both with the other examples in this book and with the listing in Hero Wars. As such, the rating should be reduced to the more compatible 10W2.
Page 12: Leader Sheet Format, Contest Synopsis“The box immediately below the leader’s statistics …” — Obviously, this box is usually above the leader’s statistics. The text was written before the Narrator Character diagrams were fully developed, and the change was missed.
Page 19, 64: Leader DiagramsIt is not explained properly that a line leading from the Leader statistics to the Contest Synopsis box represents the time commitment to his or her followers. Where such a line is not present, the commitment to the named followers is usually subsumed within the commitment to a hero band, warband, or other organization to which those followers belong.
Pages 22-32: Guardian BeingsMany of the write-ups in this section have a guardian being. Full details are available in HeroQuest.
Page 24: Arrowstone CavalryClarification: The 500 men of the unit are divided into 4 divisions, each of which consists of 10 troops. Each of the 10 troops, in turn, has about 12 members.
Note!, the previous version of this erratum was incorrect. The Arrowstone Cavalry are Regular Cavalry, not Skirmish Cavalry. Thus the comment on their Close Combat abilities was in error.
Pages 24-25: Beryl PhalanxThis write-up contains some outdated information on Dara Happan phalanxes, which was not caught until recently. The Beryl Phalanx, like all Dara Happan phalanxes, consists of 1000 men. When it maneuvers, it is composed of 10 ranks of 100 files each (i.e., a line 100 men long and 10 men deep). When the time comes to meet the enemy, the rear 5 ranks come forward into the gaps (giving a line 200 men long and 5 men deep).
Page 27: Thunder Delta SlingerTheir Close Combat is at the basic rating of 17, although they might be able to use their Hunter keyword in melee, with an appropriate improvisational modifier.
Page 28: Three Stone StaffThe bump up caused by casting a bloodstone volley acts in the same manner as any bump up caused by masteries or use of hero points: regardless of other factors, whatever the leader rolls (Fumble, Failure, Success, Critical) is raised by one level.
Page 29: Taral KuvindasIt may not be clear in the write-up and statistics that Taral Kuvindas is a subcult of Orogeria, here worshipped not as an aspect of Natha (as it was presented in Hero Wars), but as an independent deity. Initiates and devotees of Taral Kuvindas receive the two base affinities of Orogeria (Hunting, Survival) in addition to Taral Kuvindas’ “Orogeria’s Falcon” affinity.
Page 42: Complications/EncountersBrass Lions, like nakasa, are a magical creature occasionally found in the Dragon Pass area. They have not yet been described or given statistics.
Page 71: 1602The second sentence should read, in part: “…and grandpa and everyone else … .”

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